“Revenge” is certainly the adjective on the forefront of everyone’s mind regarding Paris Saint-Germain’s rematch in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. Having lost 1-0 to Bayern in Lisbon, Portugal back in August, the Parisians know exactly what it will take to beat Bayern and they’ll surely be boosted by the absence of both Robert Lewandowski (injury) and Serge Gnabry (COVID-19 positive).
In the final press conference previewing the massive clash between last season’s finalists, PSG’s Marquinhos affirmed that his side are in the best frame of mind possible heading into the encounter at the Allianz Arena (PSG Talk). He didn’t use the word “revenge” in his analysis of the matchup, but said the reigning Ligue 1 champions are right where they need to be mentally to get the job done. “Our state of mind is the best it can be. We have one more day to analyze this team properly; we know that there are great players and a team in top form and undefeated in the Champions League,” he explained.
Of course, last season was incredibly bizarre for PSG, as Ligue 1 was one of only a few leagues across Europe to scrap the remainder of their season (at the time) altogether due to the coronavirus pandemic. By default per Ligue 1’s rules, PSG was crowned champions even though there were still matches to play and they had not mathematically clinched it. There was a huge gap in matches from their Ligue 1 play to the start of the Champions League tournament in Portugal.
Marquinhos also referred to the fact that between last season’s Champions League knockout campaign, Thomas Tuchel left the club and was eventually replaced by Mauricio Pochettino. They’re also currently behind Lille in the Ligue 1 standings, so the circumstances are a lot different now then they were back in August of last year. Because of this, much like goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Marquinhos knows his side have to be nearly perfect on the night and the margin for error is razor thin. “We have to play a great game to come out with a good result from here. Compared to the revenge, we are in different circumstances, and with another coach, each match has its story. We are in a different situation today,” he said.